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Should I Change Trebles to Single Hooks?

Dear Captain"I Have No Luck with Lures on Flats. Should I Change Out the Treble Hooks?"

In very few or rare cases does changing the treble hooks on a lure make the lures action better. Here are some of the reasons anglers change out the treble hooks to single j-hooks or circle hooks on their lures. The first thing is the hookup ratio is better. The single hook penetrates the fish well. Lures with treble hooks sometimes have the tendency to leverage themselves against each other, where both of them can pull out.

Another advantage of using a single hook on a lure rather then a treble hook is it can be fished around structure better like docks, bridges, grass and floating grass. The single hook does not pick up grass as readily as a treble hook. The one piece construction of a single hook is inherently stronger then the three treble hooks welded or joined. Treble hooks can sometimes get tangled with your line and leader more often then a single hook. Single hook lures are much easier and safer to remove from fish then treble hooks. They also are much easier to remove from yourself, if you so happen to put a hook in your hand. There are also many more hook options to choose from when changing to single hooks. If or when you do change hooks, you have to make sure it does not change the action or balance of your lure.

 Single Hook Lures

As far as not catching fish on lures, I would pick four lures to use in the area your fish, making sure the selection you pick will cover the entire water column and have attracting and triggering qualities for the gamefish your looking to catch. Here is an excellent four to start with:

  • Heddon Zara Spook Jr in Bone/Silver
  • Mirrolure Mirrodine XL - Color 18, 21 or 49
  • Spro Bucktail Jig - White or White/GRN
  • Zoom - Salty Super Fluke - Baby Bass

Thank you for sending in your question to The Online Fisherman.
I also attached a link to an article about fishing with artificial lures.

Captain David M. Rieumont
www.theonlinefisherman.com

 

 

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